Electronic Medical Records are an effective and efficient way for saving critical healthcare information. Here are five reasons why –
Ease of storage
Traditionally stored paper records of patient data are bulky, costly and difficult to maintain. They require both space and man-power to organize. EMR systems address these issues by offering easy to use electronic databases that are simple to update and can store considerably more information. EMRs also offer data backup facilities to eliminate the possibility of data being lost or destroyed – in other words, fewer misplaced/lost medical records.
Quick and easy access to patient data
It’s not easy to share paper records quickly between facilities and departments. They’re also difficult to track and analyze. Clinical information management applications use EMRs to enable practitioners to access records at the click of a mouse. The records can be accessed by multiple users from different locations and can easily be shared electronically. EMRs can effectively reduce the need to repeat tests that have already been done. Also, should a patient need medical attention while away from home, EMRs allow hospitals and doctors at other locations to have access to the same medical records that the patient’s regular hospital would.
In the past, a patient had to complete lengthy forms describing their present and past medical condition every time they visited a new doctor or facility. If something was overlooked while completing the forms, it could lead to an incorrect/inadequate diagnosis. EMR systems allow practitioners to access the complete medical history of a patient by accessing an electronic database, thus minimizing the possibility of missing out on critical information.
Electronic medical records also reduce the chances of data loss and misplaced records through multiple backups maintained by all EMR systems.
Electronic medical records save money spent on paper, space, and labor. They also increase speed and efficiency of practitioners by giving them quick access to exhaustive patient records at a few keystrokes. Since practitioners and staff enter most of the data themselves, EMRs also help reduce transcription costs.
Improved quality of treatment
EMRs allow for the creation of a central repository of information that leads to better coordination between departments and medical facilities. Through these systems physicians, staff, and other healthcare professionals get quick and easy access to critical patient information that helps them take timely and accurate treatment decisions.